Where does the saying "sober as a judge" come from?

"Sober as a judge" is a simile that is used for someone who is completely sober. Anecdotal sources suggest that it first appeared in T. D'Urfey's Injured Princess in 1682 which says:

...fear me man, I am sober as a Judge. And how...

We also found that the phrase also appeared in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on June 05, 1835 (Friday) at Peoples Press:

...thAi to one DAvid, while my heAd is AS SOBER AS A JUDGE. They were corned.....And only in obedience to his judgment SOBER reASon is not precipitAte; but..

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Sober as a judge

Thursday, August 27 2015